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Essay-Grading Software Offers Professors a Break

Lindsey Smith

EdX, a nonprofit enterprise, offers courses on the Internet, has just introduced such a system and will make its automated software available free on the Web to any institution that wants to use it. The software uses artificial intelligence to grade student essays and short written answers, freeing professors for other tasks. I don't know how I feel about this new software -- I think it takes away from the personalization of grading and student teacher relationships. What do you think?

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  • sheriberry

    Well said- it takes away from personalized feedback and the teacher-student relationship. Also, it's just helping lead to a world where students need to rely only on technology to learn and it is taking away from the function of teaching. Why not assign work to TAs or GAs?

    • Lindsey Smith

      Seriously, I totally agree. If teachers truly don't have time on their calendar, there is no harm in delegating work.